THE CITY WHERE THE SUNSHINE AND WILD COASTS MEET
With the rugged and aptly named Wild Coast to the north, and the Sunshine Coast to the south, immerse yourself in the surrounding scenic beauty of East London, affectionately known as “The Buffalo City.”
With an African backdrop, English connections extend beyond the city’s name, and traces of German heritage are also seen in the well-preserved, charming 19th-century architecture.
As South Africa’s only river port, East London’s prime location between the Buffalo and Nahoon Rivers offers breathtaking wildlife safaris and the Amatola Mountains inland, and some of the world’s finest beaches in each direction on the coast. Unspoiled, uncrowded, sweeping white sand and dunes are the perfect places to stroll, swim, snorkel, bird watch, whale watch, or just worship the golden sun.
For ultra-rare sights and in-depth cultural discovery, tour the East London Natural History gallery, home to the world’s only egg of the extinct dodo bird, and the famous mounted coelacanth—a prehistoric fish that lived in the Indian Ocean for 400 million years and was thought to be extinct until being caught in 1938. You’ll also find exhibits on the history of the region, beautiful Nguni beadwork, and a traditional costume gallery.
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